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went out the emergency exit, propping open the door behind him. 24-year-old james eagan holmes was apparently gearing up for an action scene of his own. police say he had with him a smith & wesson assault rifle, a remington pump action shotgun and two glock semiautomatic pistols. 12:39, this was the scene on the screen, christian bale acting opposite michael caine, as holmes came back through the emergency exit wearing a gas mask. witnesses say he threw a green canister into the crowd, filling the theater with smoke. >> your eyes are burning. makes you want to close them. you can't breathe. makes you want to cough. >> reporter: as though re-enacting a scene from a "dark knight" comic, witnesses say holmes fired into the air and then started shooting into the crowd. >> first clear sign it is when the guy sitting next to me got shot in the chest. >> the bullet cases falling on my forehead, singeing my forehead. i remember thinking, i'm not going to die in here, me and my kids, we're not going to die in here, i need to get them out. >> at that point he has a rifle in my face. >> t
behind me. bullet casings were on my forehead. >> the suspect, james holmes was arrested. >> he was apprehended with three weapons in the car. >> according to one official, holmes told investigators he was the joker, a super villain in the batman movie. he looked like a deranged individual. he had his hair painted red. >> holmes told police his apartment was booby trapped. s.w.a.t. teams found flammable materials inside of the home. we're learning more about the ald gunman. abc news confirmed he purchased guns legally in the last few months and has a degree in neuroscience. >> and abc 7 news is in colorado to cover the tragedy in aurora. we'll hear from her live on abc 7 news at 5:00 and she'll tweet updates. >> and we know the name of one of the victims of the massacre. aspiring sportscaster went professionally by jessica redfield, an intern in a denver radio station. we'll have the heart breaking way the world found out about her death today. >> we're learning more about the gunman. he grew up in san diego and graduated with honors in uc riverside. >> he was in the process of
today. james holmes, the 24-year-old suspect, appearing in court just four days after he allegedly opened fire in a movie theater. the flame red hair, the dazed look. in the front row, parents and friends of the victims, studying his face. the father-in-law of one of the victims said he looked demonic. david muir has covered this story since the first bulletin and he is outside the courtroom. david? >> reporter: as you know, so many families told me they want to focus on the survivors, the victims hire. but today, a community did pause to stare down a gunman face to face. the guards on the courthouse as james holmes was walked in an under ground tunnel to the courtroom. and the victims, heads down. and a woman on crutches, a couple arm in arm. this is what they saw. james holmes, his hair still died that comic book color. his eyes at times, exaggerated, wide open. offering a stunned expression. other times, seeming to struggle to keep them open to stay awake. >> you have a right to know the charges. >> reporter: also, was the suspect on medication. there was moments when he went fr
studying for some meaning, how did james holmes, just 16 there, become the 24-year-old grad student who called himself "the joker." across the country, abc news is on this story and david muir is starting our coverage of what happened in that theater minute by minute. david. >> diane, good evening. this is the movie theater behind me in aurora, colorado. it is incredible to think last night those theaters were sold out. so many moviegoers excited to see batman. they saw a real life horror scene play out in front of them. they carried out the bodies of the dead just moments ago. these are the terrifying moments captured on a cellphone. the chaos that unfolded minutes into the new "batman" movie. >> what's happening? >> oh my god. >> reporter: moviegoers thought the first signs of smoke in that theatre were all part of the premiere. but soon patrons were racing from the theatre covered in blood. it all began as a night of anticipation. four sold out theatres in aurora, colorado -- just outside denver. some people dressed as characters from the film. some tweets from those arriving -- it's
's father skipped going to the hospital this morning to attend a court hearing of james holmes. >> i feel like i make sure that justice is taken with this man. and this support everybody that has been through this. >> david sanchez says he wants holmes to face the death penalty. several of those who died are being remembered for sacrificing to save their friends. the victims honored in the u.s. senate with a moment of sil skbrens a tribute from minority leader mitch mcconnell. >> now, boy like to honor the victims by reciting their names. veronica moser-sullivan. board on... >> the president visited families and victims yesterday. you'll find more on the victims on our web site. >> and an attorney spoke out on behalf of james holmes parents clarifying the statement his mother may have told a reporter. those words made it sound like she knew her son was the shooter. his parents are standing by their son but say they're hearts go out to the victims and families. his mother, arlene claims she didn't know her son was a suspect until a news reporter called and woke her up just before 6:00 a.m.
detonated them in an undisclosed location. holmes is now in solitary confinement and set for an initial hearing on monday and appointed a public defender. meanwhile, the coroner's office released the names of all 12 victims who died in the shooting early friday mning and even with the suspect this custody, state, local and law enforcement officers are dealing with another threat from the alleged shooter. let's go to the abc 7 news reporter at the theater in colorado. >> yes, alan, exactly where i was yesterday only the the scene here is a different today. only because the mall area is now open. you have shoppers coming and going, but you see the century 16 theater behind me, that's blocked off by police again, after that horrific shooting where police say suspect james holmes shot and killed 12 people and injured more than 50 more. but as you mentioned, police are here and they're also at his apartment trying to make sure there are no massive explosions. >> first, there was a warning. then a controlled explosion came from inside james holmes' apartment. the man accused of
for such a lightweight. [ female announcer ] olay regenerist. >>> back to our top story, james holmes was a one-man arsenal when he walked into the aurora movie theater friday morning. >> investigators say he had two pistols, a shotgun and an automatic weapon. and bought 6,000 rounds of ammo all on line. abc's pierre thomas shows us how holmes was able to arm himself so very easily. >> reporter: abc news has learned and authorities suspect if all had gone according to the suspect's plan, the bombs in his apartment would have blown up the walls of his residence and possibly burned down the entire building. this fireball was created when police disposed of only part of the death trap. police had to overcome a room full of bombs and a spaghetti jumble of wires. once finally inside, police discovered evidence of an apparent obsession with batman. according to sources, among the paraphernalia recovered, a batman mask and batman poster. the most critical item found a computer. police hope it will be the key to unlocking why holmes went on his murderous rampage. but many are left to wonder how holmes
people have died, 58 wounded. eight remain in contract call condition. the suspect, james holmes is in isolation at the county jail. the suspect received guns and bullets for months. quote, elements of calculation and deliberation. our team is on the story tonight with new details about the suspect, those who died. and about the survivors who have defied even the doctors. but we begin with the careful examination of the apartment where we have learned that the explosives have been removed. tonight, federal authorities have joined the local police here, trying to carefully break through the gunman's trap. bomb squads taking care of the apartment the gunman's apartment filled with booby traps. today, you could hear one of the explosives being disarmed. as we found, police tape and patrols surrounding the neighborhood for blocks. four buildings evacuated. as they careful disarm the tripped wires. wanted to give you a sense of all this. this is the suspect's building. the third floor. you can see the fire ladder up there over the building. the heavy, heavy police presence. federal au
: it was taken six years ago when holmes spoke at a science camp. sources tell abc news the automatic rifle holmes allegedly used jammed during the shooting spree, but he had extended clips for other weapons that held up to 40 rounds. holmes also recently applied for a membership at this private gun range but was turned away because the owner thought he was, quote, creepy. a police psychologist says when you put it altogether, including his booby-trapped apartment, he doesn't believe holmes had a break with reality. >> premeditated, yeah. >> reporter: he thought it through? >> thought it through. planned it. had weapons of choice. >> reporter: well, right now, holmes is being held in isolation. he is supposed to make his first court appearance tomorrow morning. rob, paula. >> brandi, speaking of the court appearance, he is expected to travel from jail to the courthouse in an underground tunnel so he won't be accessible to eyes, ears, video cameras. what do we expect to hear from that courthouse appearance? >> reporter: well, we just found out there is a slight possibility that holmes may no
and a blockbuster breakup as katie holmes shocks tom cruise with divorce papers. and tensions mount around daughter suri. we ask what role scientology might have played in the superstar split. >>> think fast, johnny depp, angelina jolie and the hollywood elite. >> please welcome ashton curber's dad! >> while he may not be making friends in hollywood, his smash hit "the office" has been making his fans. we hang with the seriously funny ricky gervais. >>> plus, cnn's anderson cooper tells the world he's gay in a simple e-mail exchange. a lot has changed since ellen degeneres' "time" magazine cover. tonight, how more and more celebrities are coming out casually. >> from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden, and bill weir in new york city. this is "nightline," july 2nd, 2012. >> good evening. i'm terry moran. tonight, an extremely rich hollywood couple, high-profile religion and divorce battle that's about to thrust both of them even further into the spotlight. katie holmes blind-sided tom cruise with divorce papers after five years of marriage and she's asking for full
disturbing look at james holmes in the courtroom yesterday. abc's dan harris was right there when it happened. and dan, what a bizarre scene. >> reporter: george, honestly, i've never seen anything like it. and if you thought his behavior inside the courtroom was bizarre, abc news is learning now information this morning about his demeanor ever since he was arrested that paints a picture that is even more strange. even before this bizarre spectacle of james holmes in court with that shock of orange higher and that face, looking alternately bug-eyed, bores, or blasted, even before this, police sources tell abc news that holmes has been acting in an extremely strange manner, ever since he was taken into custody. refusing to cooperate, acting as if he was unaffected by his arrest and even after officers put evidence bags over his hands to preserve the gunpowder residue, pretending they were hand puppets. the james holmes we're seeing now is a universe away from the clean-cut, up-and-coming neuroscientist he once was. >> you're currently being held. >> reporter: he remained utterly glazed even wh
with ron claiborne. >>> we begin the suspect in the colorado movie theater massacre, james holmes will be appear in the araphoe county courtroom tomorrow. abc's clayton sandell has the latest from aurora, colorado. >> reporter: the prosecution hammers is about to fall on james holmes. >> this monday, july 30th. >> for the first time the accused mass pa murderer will hear the charges against him. after he came to a mid night screening of "the dark knight rises" opening fire. for thr hearing, they have banned cameras. holmes could be facing hundreds of charges. including 12 counts of first degree murder. expect charges for first degree assault and reckless engangment. >> if he gets convicted of ocout of murder, the possibility is death penalty. >> reporte they want that out of the hands of the police and the d.a.'s. because there is a position patient privilege. >> we tried asking dr. fenton, what if anything did she know about holmes and his alleged plans? she wasn't answering. always a chance that she knew nothing. that holmes kept his alleged plan a deadly secret. for "good morni
from now, 12 killed, 58 injured. rebecca stevens has more from aurora, colorado. >> reporter: holmes won't be charged today prosecutors have three days to file the charges at least 71, one for each victim and probably more. 12 died and several others were hospitalized in critical condition when the gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, showing the latest batman movie. holmes could face a competency evaluation. meanwhile, for the first time seeing and hearing the suspect james holmes in exclusive video obtained by abc news. it is holmes, just after his high school graduation making a presentation at science camp. >> super power and let 'em have more fun. >> reporter: the suspect is not cooperating with authorities and is in solitary. last night the people of aurora heard first from president obama who spent more than two hours with the victims and their families. >> the president: i confessed to them that words are always inadequate in these kinds of situations. >> reporter: then from leaders of their community. >> one day lord, we know that our city will march back into that
attempts to get inside james holmes' apartment. because of what is believed to be an elaborate setup inside. layered with traps. investigators here are now asking for additional help from the federal government. while continuing the evacuation order for the four other apartment buildings nearby. >> i see an awful lot of wires. trip wires. jars full of ammunition. jars full of liquid. things that look like mortar rounds. we have a lot of challenges to get in there safely. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: as night fell, on this small denver area community, families came together in prayer and remembran remembrance. >> it's just devastating and really hard to deal with. >> right now, find four people, give them the best hugs you have! >> we are seeing this community rise up and do the things that great communities do. >> reporter: this morning, many more questions than answers about what the possible motive could have been of suspect james holmes. police say holmes died his hair a fiery color and said, i am the joker. reminiscent of heath ledger's famous portrayal. >> he's been shot. >> i've got
screening during the new batman movie. police believe 24-year-old james holmes calmly watched the movie along with everybody else, and then he got up and used his cell phone and went out to get his weapons and gear up with a bulletproof vest, a ballistic helmet, gas mask, tactile gloves and gear to cover his throat and legs. holmes went to the front of the theater and hurled two green canisters. >> i saw plumes of smoke. >> reporter: i spoke with emma who was in the theater. she stayed on scene for hours. she tells me she thought it had to be a prapg. >> he was such a nightmarish figure it couldn't have been real. >> then my worst nightmare happened. a guy in the corner had a semiautomatic weapon in his hand. you could see the explosions that were coming from the gun, the shotgun or whatever against the smoke background. >> one victim, a mother was hit in the leg. jay i remember thinking i am not going to die in here. me and my kids are not going to die in here. >> it was chaos. >> he marched up and down the aisle using an arsonal, an assault gun and rifle and two blocks. he shot moment
. >> james holmes is expected to hear the long list of charges against him with all eyes, again, on his appearance, though shocking in the first court appearance last week. >> brandi hitt joins us from centennial, colorado, this morning with all the details. good morning, brandi. >> reporter: good morning. in a few hours, we'll hear the charges filed against james holmes. it comes as the victims of this tragedy deal with even more heartbreak. >> monday july 30th. >> reporter: the prosecution is expected to lay down the hammer on 24-year-old james holmes ten days after colorado's movie theater massacre. at his ararnment -- arraignment, holmes could face hundreds of charges, including 12 counts of first degree murder, 58 counts of attempted murder and charges for the explosives at his apartment. >> i don't care what his motive is. he knew what he was doing. i said, i want to see him. i want to see justice. >> reporter: ashley moser's stepmother says she'll be in the courtroom. not only did ashley lose her 6-year-old daughter in the shooting spree, she was shot several times and suffered a
, everyone. we begin with the suspect in the colorado movie theater massacre, james holmes will be appear in the araphoe county courtroom tomorrow. it's the first step in formally charging holmes with the shooting death of 12 people in the midnight showing of the new batman movie. abc's clayton sandell has the latest from aurora, colorado. >> reporter: the prosecution's hammer is about to fall on james holmes. >> formal filing of charges this monday, july 30th. >> reporter: for the first time monday the accused mass murderer will hear the charges against him. ten days after police said that he came to a midnight screening of "the dark knight" carrying an arsenal of guns and opening fire. for this hearing, the judge has banned cameras. the courtroom here is expected to be packed tomorrow. holmes could be facing hundreds of charges, including 12 counts of first degree murder, 58 counts of attempted murder. expect charges for first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, and for what police found at his apartment. >> if he gets convicted of one count of first-degree murder, the punishment
, 24-year-old james holmes, watched the film like everyone else until he got up and used his cell phone. then he slipped through an exit door to get an arsenal of weapons from his car. holmes went back inside to the front of the theater and hurled two green canisters. >> they started hissing and smoke everywhere, and then by the time i turned the corner they went off just pop, pop! and then shooting. >> then he shot up in the air and everybody started to panic at that point. >> the baby was in my arms at that time and then it was just chaos. >> at that moment i remember thinking i'm not going to die in here. me and my kids, we are not going to die in here. >> just minutes later police arrested holmes outside the theater near his car. officials won't say if the suspect talked about a motive. right now they are worried about his apartment. it is booby trapped. >> i see an awful lot of wires, trip wires, jars full of ammunition, jars full of liquid. some things that look like mortor rounds. we have a lot of challenges to get in there safely. >> now police are hoping to get into that apartm
. the suspect, james holmes, is being held in solitary confinement in a local jail. he is expected to make his first court appearance tomorrow. police say he planned the attack for months. they have now cleared his apartment of booby traps by safely detonating the explosives and flammable liquids left behind. some of the survivors are beginning to return to the scene of the tragedy. we are there bring you their story. >> the community of aurora is banding together. this message of hope, love and sorrow is the latest show of hope for the 12 people who died and those injured in the movie theater shooting as suspected shooter james holmes sits in jail. some of the people who lived throughout horror returned to the scene. >> i haven't been able to sleep. all of it has been going through my head. >> lisa tells me she was fortunate enough to get out of the theater not long after the shooting began. >> i was like five feet away from him. he had a gas mask on and a bulletproof vest and gunshots on him and one on his waste and he took the one in his hand and it started going off. >> her step dad used t
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their charges at colorado shooting suspect james holmes. family and friends of the victims looked on. holmes still in his flame red hair. his reaction, seemed dazed. the charge, 140 counts of murder or attempted murder. the attack left 12 people dead, 58 people wounded in the premiere of the batman movie 10 days ago. clayton sandell covered the case from the beginning. he was in the court today. >> do you feel a little better today. >> reporter: rita paulino was shot three times but today climbed out of her hospital bed to see the man who put her there. james holmes was back in court today to hear the charges against him. cameras were banned but holmes demeanor much the same as when we saw him last week. eyes sometimes wide open, other times staring at the floor. hair still orange. he was charged with 24 counts of first degree murder, two counts for each person killed. because prosecutors say holmes acted both with premeditation or extreme indifference. he was also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder and for possessing an explosive device. former marine donald later was in the theate
theater massacre. there is james holmes there. he makes his first court appearance today. investigators are focused on one question. how did he go from a ph.d. candidate to masterminding one of the worst shootings in u.s. hi history? >>> we have so many stories of heroism emerging from that terrible night. including those who did whatever they could to protect their loved ones. we are remember those 12 victims this morning. people in aurora mourning them in an emotional vigil last night. you see the 12 crosses already set up. from across the movie theater. i was touched last night, after each victim's name was read, everyone said, we will remember. >> we will remember. >> and we will. >> you saw the crosses there. greg zanis, the man who set them up after the columbine massacre, drove 16 hours to set them up there from illinois. we're going to go to david muir. on is scene since friday. he's outside the courthouse where james holmes is expected to make his first appearance today. good morning, david. >> reporter: they're expecting to see the suspect's face for first time today. we're to
. in less than two hours the shooting suspect james holmes could be in court his appearance set for 7:30. holmes has not been speaking to authorities following the shootings that left 12 dead and 58 injured. holmes is being neddle solitary confinement -- is being held in solitary confinement. it is possible his attorney could show up loan for the proceeding. holmes won't be charged today. prosecutors have three days to file charges there will be at least 70 within for each victim probably more. police say holmes began buying guns two months ago. >>> abc news has obtained video of the suspect recorded six years ago when he was speaking at a science camp. >> came here tonight have a super power and let 'em have more fun. >> abc news took the tape to a psychologist to get a professional opinion on what this video reveals. >> he's a very bright person, very articulate, organized in his thoughts, very smart. >> he also said evidence indicates holmes didn't just snap, careful planning and execution of his crime shows proactive attack behavior or premeditation. >>> film studios are not repor
, this abc news exclusive. videotape of the suspect james holmes as an intern at a science camp back in 2006. the man who allegedly imitating the joker, booby trapping his apartment like a mad scientist. here, described as a soccer-lover. >> better game than rock, paper and scissors. it's aparentally a professional sport. >>> lot of new information coming out about the investigation. we know that holmes is being held in isolation and while police are interviewing people who know holmes, they insists that he acted alone. police have safely removed all of the 30 separate explosive devices from his apartment. last night they detonated them out of harm's way. >>> let's not forget this, all of the victims. their names have been released. >>> let's get right out to colorado where david muir is leading our coverage. good morning, david. >> good morning, dan and bianna, two major developments here overnight. all of that material taken from the suspect's apartment where there were booby trap materials that material taken to an field and exploded. brand-new video of the suspect himself, showing a teen
it was serious. >> reporter: it is possible that there are explosives at holmes' home that's what he told police. authorities went there immediately, evacuated the apartment complex and now searching and investigating that site. president obama has said committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice and ensuring the safety of our people and caring for hose who have been wounded. -- for those who have been wounded. investigators believe that holmes does not have ties to domestic or international terrorism. however, we are learn paris premiere of the new bat money movie has been cancelled. -- the new batman movie has been cancelled. >>> stay with us all morning long about the colorado shooting. the president will address the issue 8:20 this morning we will break into programming to bring that to you. >>> in other news, you see low clouds but we are going to warm up. >>> absolutely, sunshine faster than we saw yesterday warmer weather on the way today and the weekend, good morning. doppler is dry this morning. heading around the bay today drier conditions at 7:00, mid to upper 50s by noon
in aurora, colorado. right now it stands at 12 killed, 58 injured. the suspect, james holmes, is being held in solitary confinement in a local jail. he is expected to make his first court appearance tomorrow. police say he planned the attack for months. they now safely got in his apartment. we have a reporter in aurora bringing us their story. >> the community of aurora is banding together. this message ever messages of hope, love and sorrow is the latest show of hope for the 12 people who died and those injured in the movie theater shooting as suspected shooter james holmes sits in jail. some of the people who lived throughout horror returned to the scene. >> i haven't been able to sleep. all of it has been going through my head. >> lisa tells me she was fortunate enough to get out of the theater not long after the theater began. >> he had a mask on and a bulletproof vest and a gun belt on him and one on his waste and took the one in his hand and started going off. >> her step dad used to live in cupertino so she had family in the area. they know century 16 is where she usually goes for bi
and the photographs emerging showing holmes after his high school graduation. and the material from the suspect's booby trapped apartment. taken to a field and detonated. and investigators trying to see what he had. we are also obtaining the fullest picture yet of the 12 lives lost. the 6-year-old give who loved her ice cream and the navy sailor seen hiking in the mountains. our team is on the story from colorado to washington covering it all. first, the exclusive look at the video of the alleged gunman. tonight, the first video yet of the alleged gunman, james holmes. >> hello, i'm james. >> reporter: abc news has video of the suspected shooter recorded six years ago when holmes was 18 at a summer science camp at a college in san diego. he is seen here standing in front of his peers talking about what are called temporal illusions. the science behind changing your past. >> i have been working with temporal illusion. it allows to you change the past. >> reporter: he appears to be nervous here. but also appears to be a smart teenager with promise. the speaker introducing him, describing him this
holmes splits from tom use cruise, is she splitting from theture. >>> new clues tonight what happened to amelia earhart. there's a launch for a brand new search because of new clues. >>> good evening. it is great to have you on a monday night. we do begin here with the extraordinary heat. let's take you straight to the map this evening. look at the deepest reds on the map. 45 states with temperatures 90 and above. as you can see, so many in triple digits tonight. look at this, more than 31 heat records broken in the last month alone. this evening in baltimore, workers are giving out ice to neighbors. in north carolina, a mother and her baby standing in front of this giant fan. this evening, imagine going through all this with no power, no fans no, ac. 2 million customers from illinois, north carolina, to new jersey still without power and the death tole, at least 22 people have now died from the heat and from the storms. sam champion is standing by. first meteorologist ginger zee and the extreme weather team. no power where she is in maryland tonight. >> reporter: david, some utility
, good evening. tonight, we are learning that before james holmes allegedly carried out his attack and before he ended up in the jail behind me, he may have mailed out a road map to the massacre. tonight, abc news has learned a notebook believed to be written by the suspect, james holmes, was mailed to the university of colorado, where holmes had been a student, until dropping out last month. fox news is reporting the notebook was mailed to a psychiatrist at the university and that it contains, quote, full details about how he was going to kill people. drawings of what he was going to do in it. drawings and illustrations of the massacre. there are conflicting reports on whether the notebook arrived at the university before or after the massacre. but it apparently wasn't found until monday, during a search of the mail room. this, of course, raises questions about whether if the package had been found before last thursday, the carnage could have been avoided. the university will not confirm the existence of the notebook, but released a statement, saying it delivers the mail the same
. most of us got our first glimpse of james holmes during a court appearance yesterday. the longtime friends say they hardly recognize the young man they once new. >> with more on the unfolding legal case, we're joined by brandy in sentinel, colorado today. >> reporter: good morning, he appeared to be locked in his own world. >> given the nature of the charges you're currently being held. >> reporter: by dyed comic book hair, 24-year-old holmes sat silent in a colorado courtroom looking dazed and confused just like his booking photo. >> i sat looking at his face and eventually i had to get past that and see who the killer was. >> reporter: some of the victim's families walked into court hand in hand. it was the first time they could see the man police say opened fire in a movie theater, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more. it has some speculatoring he would be drugged. >> reporter: abc's dan abrams said it could help with an insanity plea. >> he could be extremely tired, some defect or he's faking it. >> reporter: as detectives now combed through mounds of evidence including h
their client's right to a fair trial. james holmes now knows with what he's facing after being formally charged today. 142 counts in all. including 24 counts of murder. two for each of the 12 victims shot to death in the colorado theater. 116 counts of attempted murder, doubling the number injured. one charge of possessing explosives and within sentence -- unlike his first court appearance this month where holmes was silent, observers say this time at one point he spoke with his attorney and looked directly at the judge when the possibility of the death penalty was mentioned. >> if he gets convicted of one count of first degree mur the punishment will be either death penalty or life without parole. >> reporter: this case is raising questions about doctor-patient confidential tip. the judge today ordered a notebook holmes sent to his psychiatrist be turned over to the defense. next month there will be a hearing about that evidence. meantime, families of the victims continue to grieve. this weekend ashley who was shot several times during the massacre suffered a miscarriage. she had already lost
shootings in colorado. the suspect james holmes is refusing to speak with authorities. he spent months stockpiling an arsenal of bullets and weapons. authorities believe he act add loan. katie marzullo -- he acted alone. katie marzullo joins us. >> reporter: in a few hours james holmes could be in court his appearance set for 7:30 this morning. he does not have to be present in court. it is possible his attorney, a public defender, could show up alone for the proceeding. holmes will not be charged today. prosecutors have three days to file the charges there will be at least 71, one for each victim and probably more. authorities are no closer to knowing the motive. someone who knows holmes is speaking out the family pastor in san diego. >> he was a little on the quiet side. in one conversation it was obvious he was intelligent. he goals. going to be a professional. >> reporter: the police chief says holmes has lawyered up and not cooperating. as far as the stockpile of bullets at his home, 6,000 rounds were found. authorities say he bought them online which is unregulated. they say all
inkling of the horror to come. james holmes watched the fill being like everyone else until he got up and used his cell phone. then he slipped through a door to get an arsenal of weapons from his car. he went back inside to the front of the theater and hurled two green canisters. >> they started hissing and smoke everywhere, and then by the time i turned the corner they went off just pop, pop! and then shooting. >> then he shot up in the air and everybody started to panic at that point. >> the baby was in my arms at that time and then it was just chaos. >> at that moment i remember thinking i'm not going to die in here. me and my kids, we are not going to die in here. >> just minutes later police arrested holmes outside the theater near his car. officials won't say if the suspect talked about a motive. right now they are worried about his apartment. it is booby trapped. >> i see an awful lot of wires, trip wires, jars full of ammunition, jars full of liquid. some things that look like mortor rounds. we have a lot of challenges to get in there safely. >> the biggest priority is for pol
we are learning more about the suspected colorado theater shooter james holmes as he is expect the to be formally charged in court tomorrow. and republican presidential candidate mitt romney meets with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem. what the two hey, there's barely a line at space mountain. you there ! i am looking for someone, hair black as night, skin white as snow ! yeah, yeah, i got that ! she is at the castle. dad ! honey ! but she's on the move. disney mobile magic, on verizon. you wouldn't happen to have an apple ? find characters, access wait times for the park you're in, and enjoy premium features when you download disney mobile magic, powered by verizon. that's mom to you. and you should eat something that's good for you before you go outside. never! come on james. it's a new fiber one chewy bar. chocolatey and delicious. fiber one chewy bar, huh? mmm. refueled space captain james. [ male announcer ] new fiber one chewy bars. great taste kids love plus calcium and fiber kids need. >> now to the latest to the tragedy in colorado. tomorrow t
that much of katie holmes in the years she was married to tom cruise. >> now less than a month after her bombshell divorce announcement, she is, well, everywhere, now magazine covers even on broadway. abc's amy robach reports on her big career makeover. >> reporter: even the rain can't keep katie holmes down these days. spotted on the streets of new york city with daughter suri in tow. it appears holmes is taking full advantage of her post s divorce publicity and highlighting her role as a rising style icon by gracing los angeles based "c" magazine, revealing a more sexy, confident look. in the interview conducted one day before she announced she'd be divorcing tom cruise, holmes speaks out on her future telling the magazine, quote, i am ready to take on some more challenging roles. i feel look i worked so much at a young age that i really wanted to have life experiences. i feel more balanced and like i have more to bring to the table. holmes, who launched the ready-to-wear label holmes and yang in 2009 with jean yang, is rocking elegant looks from her latest collection. >> when we spoke
, the suspect, james holmes, is now in custody. he a young man, just 24 years old. eyewitnesses describe him as armed for battle. a rifle, two handguns, a shotgun and smoke bombs. he was wearing a bulletproof vest and a gas mask and police now believe he did act alone. abc news has learned that more weapons have been recovered as awe see there, police searching in his apartment complex near the movie theater. >> that's right, concerned there were explosives there. that's what he told the police, cell phone video taken by a witness showing the bloody mayhem. 20 miles away from the columbine shooting in 1999, 13 students killed there, 13 people killed there. the scale of this -- of these casualties could end up being far worse. we have a reporter live on the scene. clayton sandell at the mall in aurora, colorado, where this carnage exploded hours ago. clayton? >> reporter: good morning, george. this is the multiplex where this shooting took place and there are hundreds of local police and federal agents inside right now processing what must be an absolutely horrific crime scene. it all began j
cut short. >> you have a right to be advised of the charges. >> reporter: we now learned james holmes was a psychiatric patient while grad student at the university of colorado. his psychiatrist, lynne fenton is the director of the school's mental health services. she didn't answer when we knocked today. prosecution and defense teams are now fighting over a notebook that may reveal clues. holmes' public defender says it's confidence between doctor and patient. fenton never received the notebook, but experts say if holmes made specific threats, she had an obligation to report them. >> it's called a duty to warn or duty to protect. >> reporter: but there's always a chance holmes kept his alleged plan secret. >> it's possible the psychiatrist had very little information from james holmes at the time this happened. >> reporter: james holmes will be back in court monday. he's facing potentially hundreds of charges including 12 counts of first degree murder. 58 counts of attempted murder. two big questions will the prosecution eventually seek the death penalty against holmes and will he mou
. >> as the judge throws a long list of serious charges at james holmes. it is the last day of july, tuesday, the 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> well, good tuesday morning. i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. >> you can tell her first day back on the shift. she is so chipper. >> i am. sugar and caffeine. my best friends. >> those are two very close allies of this staff. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. get the latest from colorado and our top story in just a second. >>> then a story out of new jersey. that's where a 12-year-old girl had to think like a grown-up. riding with her grandfather in his truck, the unthinkable happened while he was behind the wheel. you will be very impressed with this young lady. >> absolutely. >>> and also this morning, which member of team usa lost out on a gold medal by .08. you know i am obsessed with the olympics. the events that are getting the british royal treatment in london right now. >> wow. >> look at that. >> the royal sightings. there in full effect. >>> later what nick jonas and merritt ey-- mariah carey could have
theater shooter james holmes as he prepares to be formally charged in court tomorrow. >>> mitt romney meets with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem. what the two agree is the greatest threat in t >>> to the latest in the tragedy in colorado. tomorrow the suspect james holmes is scheduled to be back in court to face formal charges including 12 counts of murder and 58 counts of attempted murder. >> a woman critically injured in the shooting has suffered a miss . doctors say it was caused by the trauma, including the loss of her 6-year-old daughter in that shooting. yes, three of those who died were laid to rest. clayton sandell has the latest. [ bagpipes ] >> reporter: jessica went home one last time to san antonio. >> she was a forced to be reckoned with. a jolt of lightning. >> reporter: one of three funerals for 12 lives cut short. >> you have a right to be advised of charges. >> reporter: suspect james holmes was a psychiatric patient while a grad student at the university of colorado. his psychiatrist, dr. fenton is the director of student mental health services
. >>> also this morning, this abc news exclusive. videotape of the suspect, james holmes, as an intern at a science camp back in 2006. and emulated the joker, carrying out mass murder, booby trapping his apartment like a mad scientist. here described as a soccer loving, aspiring scientist whose dream one day is to own a slurpee machine. >> what better game than rock, paper, scissors. apparently, rock, paper, scissors is a professional sport. >>> meanwhile, a lot of new information coming out about the investigation. we know that holmes is being held in isolation, away from other prisoners, and that while police are interviewing people who know holmes, they insist that he acted alone. also this morning, police say they have safely removed all of the 30 separate explosive devices from his apartment. and last night they detonated some of them up out of harm's way. >>> and let's not forget this, the faces of the victims. all the names have now been released, and this morning we're going to tell you about their lives. so let's get right out to colorado where abc anchor david muir is leading
rebecca he has the latest from colorado now. -- >> reporter: shooting suspect james holmes sat quietly in a colorado courtroom today, appearing dazed. >> you have a right to a jury trial. >> reporter: unshaven and with his hair dyed sat silently. the prosecutor said she's considering the death penalty. >> victims will be impacted by that decision so they will want to have and we will want their input. >> reporter: the 20 -- the 24-year-old is accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 after firing a hail of bullets during the midnight premiere of a batman sequel. investigators combing through his apartment tell abc news they found a computer and move evidence of a batman obsession including a poster and mask. they described the space as a bomb factory and death trap. >> this apartment was designed to kill whoever entered it. >> reporter: police found 30 potential bombs with a control panel. scores of bullets. 10 gallons of gasoline. after dropping out of his doctoral program last month he an mind online to joan a colorado gun range. the owner became concerned after listening to holm
we're live in aurora with more >> abc news has video of shooting suspect james holme, taken six years ago when he spoke at a science camp. >> it's an ill -- illusion that a allows you to change the past. >> he shot into a crowded theater, kill 12 people, including very ron na moser. >> veronica's mother, ashley, is in the opt and has been told of her daughter's death. >> we small people who are still terribly injured and may not make it. >> authorities maneuvered through a minefield of booby-traps inside holmes apartment, removing a computer, hard drives, and several explosives they detonated at other locations. >> as we continue to learn more about the man police believe is responsible for this shooting, there's an effort here today to make sure the victims are not forgotten and, alan, i will wile the story at 6. >> alan: is the area starting to look like it did before the tragedy? >> the mall re-opened yesterday so today you had a lot of shoppers coming and going, people still taking pictures. the theater is closed. the parks lot is starting to fill up with people coming to ho
. that happens later this morning. james holmes won't be charged today. prosecutors have three days to file the actual charges. at least 71 of them, one for each victim, and probably more. 12 people died. and several others were hospitalized in critical condition when the gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater showing the latest batman movie, "the dark knight rises." in the months between the arraignment and the eventual trial, holmes could face a competency evaluation. for the first time, we're seeing and hearing the suspect in exclusive video obtained by abc news. it's holmes, just after his high school graduation making a presentation at science camp. >> i came here tonight. people like to have a superpower. i might let them have more fun. >> reporter: we're told the suspect is not cooperating and is in solitary confinement. last night, the people of aurora heard first from president obama, who spent more than two hours with the victims and their families. >> i confessed to them that words are always inadequate in these kinds of situations. >> reporter: and then from leaders of th
matters. james holmes has been held without bond. he appeared to pay very little attention to the court and looked dazed at times. it is expected first degree murder charges will be filed with at least a dozen counts. >> formal filing of charges this monday july 30th. >> reporter: the prosecution is expected to lay down the hammer on 24-year-old james holmes, 10 days after the massacre. at his arraignment, he could face hundreds of charges, including 12 counts of first degree murder, 58 counts of attempted murder. reckless endangerment for the explosive is. >> i don't care what the motive is, -- he knew what he was doing. that's it. i want to see justice. >> reporter: ashley's stepmother says she will be in the courtroom. ashley not only lost her 6-year-old daughter veronica, she too was shot several times and has suffered a miscarriage. >> it was because of stress, because of trauma. ashley has been through a lot. >> reporter: some of the -- so have the victims' families, many buried their loved ones over the weekend. at the center of the investigation is a notebook holmes sent to his
, but today, james egan holms wasn't smiling and he didn't speak a word. >> given the nature of the charges you are currently being held on a no-bond held. >> what's happening? oh, my god. >> reporter: accused of a diabolical plan of mass murdering. a shooting rampage in a crowded movie theater. a plot that almost seems ripped from the pages of a "dark knight" comic book. if convicted, he could face the death penalty. >> the death penalty has to be made within 60 days of the arraignment. so it is months down the line still. >> reporter: in comic book stories the quest for justice boils down to a conflict between good and evil. but good almost always prevails. a court of law is trickier than that. hard to imagine the joker being tried by a jury of his peers. and yet today, that shock orange hair was impossible to ignore. >> he looked like someone who didn't know what was going on. and that leads to all sorts of important and fascinating legal questions about his mental state. >> reporter: there's no question the guy in that courtroom bore little resemblance to his own secret identity. >> his
: all eyes were on the courtroom yesterday as we got that first glimpse of james holmes. authorities are wide-eyed at what they found in his apartment. this morning we are getting the item lighted list. -- itemized list. there were 30 ied's attached to trip wires 10 gallons of gas to enhance the thermal effect after explosion. the detonated devices are being taken to virginia for fbi analysis. the man accused of bidding that death trap and shooting and killing 12 people seemed out of it in court yesterday. >> he looked like someone who didn't know what was going on. and that leads to all sorts of important and fascinating legal questions about his mental state. >> reporter: families of some of the victims were in court. a father who lost his son calls holmes a coward. the district attorney says she will be consulting with those families before deciding if she will pursue the death penalty. holmes has another court appearance next monday >>> this morning the attorney representing the san diego family of james holmes says his parents are standing by him, because he's their son. the att
questioning family members where james holmes grew up. >> this family is very upset and taken everyone by surprise. >> the family saying our hearts go out to those involved and to the families and friends of those involved, our family is cooperating with authorities in san diego, california and in aurora, colorado. and as a teenager james holmes attended west view high school. he was a member of the school's soccer team and those who few him say he was a bright boy. >> i remember jimmy being diet. very smart. >> after high school james holmes accepted in uc riverside. the chancellor says the school is in shock. >> here is an honor student. so academically he was at the top of the top. and he -- he really just distinguished himself from an academic point of view during four years with us. >> i just can't understand what turns a young man in this case from being a good student, from growing up in a good neighborhood, and then, going off to school and... what happened? i don't know. >> and the question you've posed why, that is the question that haunts the family. and the family and frien
. prosecutors are set to file formal charges in about 90 minutes against 24-year-old james holmes, including a dozen first degree murder counts. he's accused of killing 12 people and wounding nearly 60 others at a movie theater during the showing of the new batman movie. attorneys will argue for information about a notebook he allegedly had delivered to his psychiatrist. defense contends it is privileged communication. legal analysts expect the case to be dominated by arguments over holmes' sanity. stay with the abc7 morning news coming up, we go live to colorado for an update on today's court appearance. >>> 6:05. investigators want to know if underaged drinking played a role in a fight on a party bus that ended in a woman's death when two people fell from the moving bus it happened late friday night on highway 17 in los gatos a group of a dozen people on their way home to santa cruz from a concert at shoreline ampitheater, two women got night fight, investigators want to know how the bus' emergency door opened. 25-year-old natasha know land died when the bus ran over her -- her the other w
is the latest. tonight police say the suspect, 24-year-old james holmes has lawyered up, and he is not talking with investigators. over the past four months more than 50 commercial packages were delivered to his home and a school address including rounds of ammunition he bought on-line. we could get a look at holmes tomorrow when he is scheduled to appear in court. the town in aurora paid tribute to the 12 people gunned down in the theater, and abc7 news an ama dates was there and she joins us live in aurora, colorado. >> the turnout for the vigil was incredible. so many people showed up to pay their respects to those killed in the movie theater shooting. as one man said to me, there was a sense of family. a pledge from the community of aurora to the 12 people shot and killed in friday's movie theater shooting. this vigil at the aurora municipal center brought together family, friends and the ever watchful eye of police. but this wasn't a time to be afraid. no gunman can shake this city's spirit. >> he will get his. >> reporter: many here didn't know any of the victims, but it makes no differe
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